The National Honor Society (NHS) is a prestigious, nationwide program that stresses service and character. To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 grade point average and community service experience, as well as leadership qualities as recognized by an advisor. Ultimately, a five-faculty member council decides who gets inducted, and has the final say on all matters proposed by the advisor. NHS has a very optimistic outlook for the future, both immediate and long-term at Cleveland Heights High. According to Haethem Rasul, new advisor for NHS and established Renaissance guidance counselor, there will be quite a few changes to our high school’s local branch.
The Black & Gold: Heights High
On August 31, students rushed into Cleveland Heights High School looking forward to a new year. There were a number of noticeable changes. The entrance looked better, the halls had been buffed, and there was something different in the lunch room: a room labeled “Outtakes,” with a relatively large sign, sat in the right corner of the cafeteria, its doors tightly closed.
What started as a book club for Bellefaire teachers four years ago has grown into a bona fide reading group for Heights High staff. “Compared to most book groups, we are really low-key. We read only two or three books a year,” according to Kathy Lawrence, Program Specialist of Libraries for the district and the group’s organizer. However, Lawrence is quick to add that all of the books have been worth the read, even the more obscure works. “There are many well-read teachers in this school and I so appreciate their unique suggestions for titles, and the conversation they bring to the table around them.”
With more traditional courses being offered at Cleveland Heights High School, students are looking for more options: This is how the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program serves as an alternative. Through PSEO, which is paid for by tax dollars, students are offered the chance to take college courses for both college and high school credit.
You can’t miss it. It falls gloriously down from his chin like a silvery waterfall of hair from the heavens above. In fact, anyone who doesn’t know Fred Thaxton probably wouldn’t remember anything from a chance encounter in the hall besides his massive beard.
The mere notion of a longer school day was enough to elicit numerous complaints, grumbles, and grievances from the Cleveland Heights High student body. So, this school year, when the district added 48 minutes to the school day and shortened the time between classes in order to accommodate an eighth period, the change was met with some resistance.
Costumes have arrived, sets have been built, and lights have been hung to ensure that all of this year’s stars of Cleveland Height’s High School’s annual musical, Beauty and the Beast, will shine. The Disney classic, a collaborative effort between a number of different organizations at Heights, opens Thursday, November 4 and runs through Sunday, November 7.
Cleveland Heights science teacher Janett Korb was awarded the Conservation Teacher of the Year Award early this school year from the Museum of Natural History. She received the award for her and her class’ work in water testing last spring.
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the city of Cleveland Heights a grant to build an environmentally friendly parking lot in Cumberland Park. The parking lot would prevent pollutants from running off into Dugway Brook, located near the park. Before construction, CHHS was asked to test the water. Ms. Korb eagerly led her honors biology students, along with Special Ed. students, in testing the quality of the water.